Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and is best known for its rich history, which includes being an important part of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Of its almost 500,000 residents, 11.6% are seniors. The city has a lot to offer older residents, but the cost of living is above average and summers can be hot, which may discourage some people from moving to the area. Housing in the city is excellent, however, and the state is quite tax-friendly for retirees, with Social Security income being untaxed.
Assisted living services offer maintenance-free housing and help with the activities of daily living for seniors who are generally healthy but might need some assistance with household chores and personal care tasks. The average cost of assisted living in Atlanta is $3,845 per month, which is quite affordable compared to the national average.
This guide looks at the cost of assisted living in the state, COVID rules and restrictions and various resources Atlanta seniors have.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Atlanta
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Georgia. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Atlanta
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021, the average cost of assisted living in Atlanta is $3,845 per month. For this, seniors can take advantage of room and board, meal service and help with the activities of daily living.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Atlanta
Atlanta’s assisted living fees are $310 higher than the state average but $655 less than the nationwide average, making Atlanta a relatively affordable city for seniors looking for long-term care options.
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Assisted living fees vary across the state. Seniors pay higher-than-average fees in the northern parts of the state, with assisted living fees of $4,184 in Athens and $4,293 in Rome. Slightly further south, in Warner Robins, fees are much lower than the state average, with seniors typically paying $2,750 per month. Toward the southern border of the state, fees are also below average, being just $3,008 in Albany, and $3,179 in Valdosta.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Atlanta
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
Life Insurance Policy
Long-Term Care Insurance
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Georgia.
The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Aging and Independence Services runs the Empowerline, a helpline that provides advice, information and signposting for Atlanta’s seniors. It also connects older adults with transportation, home assistance, health care providers and other practical support.
The Georgia Division of Aging Services runs the Area Agency on Aging, providing services to seniors across Georgia. The Atlanta office runs the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, as well as Medicare counseling and other services to help seniors access long-term care, live a healthy lifestyle and retain their independence.
The Elderly Legal Assistance Program provides Atlanta seniors with legal education, representation and advice. It can assist with health care, income, consumer rights and housing-related legal issues. All seniors who reside in the state can request assistance, but resources are limited, and the ELAP prioritizes seniors who are on low incomes or are otherwise vulnerable.
The Department of Veterans Affairs serves former military personnel and their immediate relatives. The Veterans Service Officer helps veterans access the support they’re entitled to, advising on claims for pensions and benefits, health care and disability payments. Seniors can contact the VSO for help with application forms or advice about appeals.
There are two neighborhood senior centers in Atlanta. These centers run a variety of social events, wellness sessions and other activities for the city’s older adults. They serve as a meeting point for seniors and host health education and fitness activities. Many are offered free of charge to local residents.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Atlanta area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.